The third edition of Australia’s only qualifying race for the 2022 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships took place on Sunday in Brisbane with Ellie Parry and Benjamin McDonough coming out on top and punching their tickets to the world championships.
Starting in downtown Brisbane with over 2000 participants, the scenic 110 kilometer Tour de Brisbane gran fondo traversed through the city on completely closed roads after several difficult pandemic years. The flat and fast course raced over bridges, through tunnels and on glass-smooth highways, with only the 2km steep Mount Coot-tha the major difficulty.
Riders started with intervals of 5 minutes per gender/age group with the M19-34 age group scoring the fastest overall times. With a finishing time of 2:50:01 Benjamin McDonough won the race in a sprint over Kevin Biffiger and Connor Erasmus, both 2:50:02.
All female age categories started together at 07:00 with Ellie Parry (F19-34) winning the race in 3:01:44, just ahead of Katie Bannerjee at 3:02:10 and Nicky Rolls 3:04:44.
On Saturday a new time trial in Rosewood allowed amateur riders to qualifier for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championship time trial. On a 24.8km flat course Mark Croonen (M50-54) was the fastest out of 18 participants to finish in 0:34:27, with Anne Elliott the fastest among females in 0:39:59.
Complete UCI Gran Fondo Brisbane results and list of world championship qualified riders HERE.
Complete UCI Gran Fondo Brisbane Time Trial results HERE.
Photos: Gran Fondo Brisbane, Simon Smale